SNAKES-It's one of the three that are the pets of our investigator P. the iguana is his as well!
"It's been a good week! We had our goodbye interviews with the Freestones, I had an exchange with Elder Burton in Limassol, and we had two investigators at church!"
"Sounds good about your holidays! For me a cold holiday would be nice about now! But then again I think it being sunny every day does wonders for your mood!"
On Sunday Elders Dixon and Teal had speaking assignments at church
"I talked about the First Vision! I was also sustained as the First Counselor in the Branch Presidency!
First I have to prepare a speaking assignment schedule for the next few weeks, and I'll also conduct sacrament every other week."
For those that don't know the local unit ( Branch) is presided over by one of the local members and is know as the Branch President. He usually has two local members serve as his assistants or counsellors, In Cyprus the missionaries are sometimes called to serve to help out the local members. Elder Dixon also received a call to serve as the Branch Clerk. These assignments are in addition to their regular missionary duties.
This random picture is apparently a workman near there apartment, Elder Teals comment on the picture was about the mans disregard for safety !
"Today was as probably one of the most enjoyable days of my mission so far! We went to church on the bikes and there was a nice breeze, it was really sunny as usual and the roads were empty so it was a really nice ride."
"Part way through the Gospel Principles lesson our investigator arrived. He had asked and received an hour off work on the Sunday morning so that he could come, which was fantastic. He really enjoyed the lesson and it was good to have him there."
"I had my interview with President Freestone. He gave us what he calls his parting counsel, which is usually when the missionary leaves but this time is the other way round. He told me to keep up the good habits I have developed as a missionary when I finish my mission, and not let myself slip. Afterwards we went out for a really nice meal where we talked about the mission and their time here, it was really nice. I'm so grateful for the Freestones and all that they have done in their time here in Greece and Cyprus. I am grateful for their love for the missionaries and for all the things they have taught us. Finally I'm grateful that they will now have the chance to go home and see their family, and rest for a while!"
"I went to Limassol for exchanges with Elder Burton. It was a good distinct meeting and it was good to catch up with Sister McKenna and Sister Deeley. I talked to Sister McKenna about how loads of people want to go to Manchester for university now, which will be fun. Limassol is much bigger than Larnaca but the branch is bigger in Larnaca."
"In the afternoon we got the bus back to Larnaca which takes about 90 minutes. At the stop were some old Cypriot ladies who thought I was Greek, and were amazed that I'm English with English parents!"
"We now have 2 investigators so a bit more to plan for which is good. I really hope we can find some more people to teach soon so that we can have more lessons."
"I played with Bobo the dog a little bit. He's a really nice dog, like Jessie but not as wimpy!"
"We went to see P and when he answered the door he had no top on and he had 3 snakes wrapped round his neck and chest! He invited us in to show us his snakes and his iguana which liked Elder Dixon a lot. It was a bit unusual but fun and we invited him to come to church which he said he would do."
"We found a new area which has lots of actual houses and not apartments, and lots of Cypriot families. We got a few contact details which was really good, and we will go back to the area and follow up soon! There was an alley that I felt we could go down and just as we started someone shouted us over from their garden and we had a really nice conversation and got their phone number."